I absolutely love that filthy, perverted sultan of smut John Waters! Not only have his films inspired me in my teenage years, but his wit and ability to push boundaries continue to inspire me as an artist to this day. Needless to say, I was floored when the marketing team at LOGOTV hired me to create art to celebrate his 72nd birthday!
I was asked to create comic book covers celebrating his three most iconic films: Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Cry Baby.
The one I struggled with the most was Pink Flamingos. So many iconic scenes -- do I draw Babs receiving the turd or shooting her enemies tied to a tree? In the end, I decided to forgo drawing any other characters and focus on the main attraction, Divine as Babs. Drawing her likeness was a stressful activity in itself - Divine is so iconic that if I draw her inaccurately I'd get read for it. I stayed up until 2am for 2 days, watching and re-watching Pink Flamingos clips on youtube to get it just right.
The next challenging illustration was Hairspray. It's such a colorful film - filled with some of my favorite pastel colors and gingham/plaid for days! I didn't want to do another realistic illustration. I turned to some of my favorite comics growing up, Archie & friends and drew the Hairspray gang as if they grew up in Riverdale.
The Finished Art
Here are the final comic covers for your enjoyment!